One of the stops we made on our first day in Bali was the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave. I heard elephant and I knew I wanted to go (RTR). Plus, it’s right in Ubud, so it was super close and easy. At first, it seemed a little boring, but once you keep walking, you see that it’s much larger and more beautiful than what you see at first glance. It’s called the Elephant Cave, but we only saw one cave there. The real beauty is once you go past that cave.
We did go in the cave first and it was really cool. There were offerings inside and although it was really small, something about it still felt sacred. I often times get anxiety in small spaces, but I didn’t here. Something about it made me feel safe. The cave is the one inside the mouth you see in the photos.
The next stop was a little platform with a covering in the center of a pond. It was very peaceful and just calling me to meditate there! It was so calm and serene. If I had more time there, I would have totally relaxed in this spot for a while. As cheesy as it sounds, I totally felt my own little Eat, Pray, Love moment!
Finally, after walking past a few vendors (who were actually really cool and not annoying at all – for once), there’s this amazingly beautiful enchanted forest area. There’s greenery, flowers, a little pond, a waterfall, and birds chirping and enjoying their life everywhere. There’s even a little area that looks like natural stairs up a hill. See the photos below to see what I mean!
They did tell us to put on sarongs before we entered since it is a holy place, but it turns out I didn’t even need one because I had on pants. So I took it off halfway. The outfit looks much better without it, if I do say so myself – ha! Anyway, it was definitely a great stop and since it’s right in Ubud, I’d definitely recommend checking out the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave when you’re in Bali!
Have you ever been to an outdoor temple?
Photos by Ryan Carpenter.